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Almirola in at Richard Petty Motorsports

While today's signing takes care of the former issue, no new sponsorship has been announced for the #43 although Almirola is expected to have sponsorship from Smithfield Food and the US Air Force.

The announcement of Almirola's appointment is another blow to David Ragan, who is still seeking a replacement drive after himself being ousted from Roush Fenway at the end of 2011. Ragan is now thought to be one of the contenders to take over Almirola's seat in the #88 in the Nationwide Series, although the current favourite for the seat is believed to be Red Bull development driver Cole Whitt.

In other Nationwide series news, it was announced on Tuesday that Kasey Kahne will drive in 15 races in the #38 Turner Motorsports car, with rookie Brad Sweet taking the wheel for the remaining 18 races of the 2012 season.

"Turner Motorsports is a first-class organization with equipment capable of contending for wins week in and week out," a news release quoted Sweet as saying. "I don't think I could be in a better position to take the next step in my racing career."




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